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Covid Rules of Play

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The current LTA advice for Covid Restricted Play can be found here   LTA Advice

The advice for Players is summarised below - please follow both Sections 1 and 2

                              If you have any symptoms of Covid please   STAY AT HOME

SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY -STAY UP TO DATE
1. Government information around social distancing is available here and should be read in full
2. Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced – follow any updated guidance issued by Marlborough Tennis

BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)

COURT BOOKINGS
Ensure you have booked a court in advance.  Or no play.

EQUIPMENT
1.  Take hand sanitizer with you
2.  Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
3.  Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
4.  Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
5.  Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
6.  Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
7.  Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
1.  Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
2.  Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can
3.  Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and keep clear of the gates
4.  Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
5.  Arrive changed and ready to play.  Do not use the pavilion to change.
6.  Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

COURT LIMITS
1.  Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
2.  The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles
3.  Coached sessions are limited to one to one coaching activity only

SECTION 2: DURING PLAY

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
1.  Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
2.  Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
3.  Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
4.  Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
1.  Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
2.  Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
3.  Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible
4.  Avoid opening or using the pavilion if possible. Only use the toilet if really necessary

HYGIENE
1.  If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
2.  Avoid touching your face
3.  If you do use the pavilion, wash/sanitise your hands on entering, sanitise any surfaces you touch and sanitise your hands after locking up again.

COMPETITIONS
1.  The initial focus during this phase is on facilitating recreational and social play, and letting players spend time practising
2.  The only form of competition will be the singles ladder. Contact Steve Wain to sign up for the ladder
3.  All LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to at least Sunday 28th June 2020 have been cancelled
4.  The LTA will be providing guidelines for the resumption of competitive tennis activity in due course

ENJOY
1.  Enjoy playing tennis
2.  Act responsibly, so others can also enjoy tennis
3.  Be considerate and respectful of others and their right to play tennis
4.  Take some time to warm up, it is awhile since you last played, try not to injure yourself
5.  Follow these rules and
6.  Stay safe, Keep safe, Play safe